COVID-19: Cases and hospitalizations fall province says Friday; Janssen vaccine available

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The fourth wave of COVID-19 in Alberta continues to crash as cases, hospitalizations and ICU admissions steadily decline.

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On Friday, the province reported 841 new cases of COVID-19, which includes 470 cases from Wednesday and 371 cases on Thursday since no data was reported on Remembrance Day. Alberta has 263 fewer cases than what was reported on Wednesday, leaving the number of active cases in the province at 5,745.

In keeping with this week’s trend , the number of patients hospitalized with the disease between Wednesday and Thursday fell to 554 from 582, while the count for those in intensive care also fell to 110 from 123.

However, the province reported seven more deaths, raising Alberta’s COVID-19 death toll to 3,171.

As of Thursday, 81.8 per cent of Albertans 12 and older have been fully vaccinated, while 87.7 per cent have received at least one dose. More than 6.68 million doses have been administered in Alberta.

On Friday the province also announced that Albertans 18 and older can book appointments for the Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson by calling 811. Since the province has received only 5,000 doses, the Janssen vaccine will only be available at Alberta Health Services clinics in select locations throughout the province.

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